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Orlando turns away Warriors

Associated Press
Published March 12, 2006


ORLANDO - As impressive as their offense was, the Orlando Magic's defense against Jason Richardson was even better.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 21 and tied his career high with 14 rebounds, and the Magic beat the Golden State Warriors 103-92 Saturday night.

Orlando shot 59 percent (41-of-70) a night after shooting 57.5 percent in a win over Cleveland. Turkoglu also tied his season high with eight assists.

The bigger story, however, was DeShawn Stevenson's defense on Richardson, who was coming off a career-high 44 points the night before against Miami. Richardson, who was averaging 37.3 points in his last four games, scored only 11 with Stevenson chasing him step-for-step all over the court.

"He's an awesome player and all I as thinking about before the game was that 44 points he scored and how I was going to shut him down," Stevenson said. "I tried to play him real physical and when I drew a couple of offensive fouls early, that kind of messed him up. Tonight just wasn't his night."

The Magic put six players in double figures and got huge contributions off the bench for the second game in a row. The Magic reserves scored 42 on 18-of-31 shooting. Backup guard Keyon Dooling had 13 points, and reserve forward Darko Milicic added 10 points and five rebounds.

BOBCATS 116, KNICKS 109: Jumaine Jones scored 28 to help hostCharlotte edge ahead New York in the battle to avoid the worst record in the league.

The victory moved the Bobcats to 18-45 and helped them match their win total from last year's expansion season. New York dropped to 17-44, a humiliating mark for the team with the league's highest payroll at $123-million.

WIZARDS 110, PISTONS 92: For the second time this season, host Washington broke out of a slump by beating the league's top team as Gilbert Arenas scored 34 and Caron Butler had 30.

The Wizards won by shooting 55 percent, including 59 percent through the first three quarters. They led by six at halftime then pulled away, scoring the first eight points of the second half to build a 14-point lead.

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BULLS 95, HAWKS 90: Luol Deng set an early high-energy pace with his fastbreak baskets, and visiting Chicago never let Atlanta catch up, holding off a late comeback sparked by Al Harrington, who scored 32.

Deng had 21 points as the Bulls, chasing Philadelphia and Milwaukee for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, snapped a two-game losing streak.

SUNS 110, TIMBERWOLVES 102: Steve Nash tied his season high with 31 points and added 11 assists in his return host Phoenix's lineup.

Phoenix is 2-6 without Nash over the last two seasons, and 114-44 with him.

CLIPPERS 106, BUCKS 98: Chris Kaman and Elton Brand scored 22 apiece to lead visiting Los Angeles past Milwaukee.

MAVERICKS 90, JAZZ 87: Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points, including 12 in a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter, as visiting Dallas beat Utah.